Fire Prevention in the Home
Fire prevention in the home is very important. If a fire starts in the home and you are not aware, the fire could spread very quickly and potentially be fatal.
Take a look below at our fire prevention tips for the home.
Heaters and Fires
Make sure that your heaters and fires are properly guarded. Take extra care with open fires. In order to protect pets, young children or the elderly in the home; make sure your heaters have at least a built-in guard. You may want to add an additional surrounding guard to ensure extra protection such as a surrounding guard or nursery guard?
It’s not just people or animals that need to be protected by fires and heaters. Make sure you keep anything that is meltable or combustible away from the heat or fire. Avoid drying your clothes over the fire or hanging them by the cooker.
Portable heaters and candles also need to be treated with care; keep them away from clothes and furniture and make sure that they cannot be easily knocked over. Make sure all heaters are turned off and candles are blown out before you go to bed – they are one of the biggest causes of home fires.
One of the biggest causes of home fires are cigarettes, make sure that you fully extinguish your cigarette before leaving it. The lit cigarette could set fire to the furniture or anything in the bin you previously have disposed of. Don’t smoke in bed, especially after drinking alcohol, a bedroom fire can spread very quickly and suddenly. Keep cigarettes, matches and lighters well out of the way of children to avoid similar accidents occurring.
Ask smokers to smoke outside and a good distance away from the building. Have a sturdy deep ashtray outside for discarded cigarettes.
Leaving the kitchen unattended can be very dangerous; fires can occur spontaneously, especially fat related fires. As oil gets hotter it smokes then bursts into flames. To extinguish a fat fire, cover it with a damp cloth or fire blanket and turn of the power source.
Grease and fat can build up in the kitchen which can catch fire easily, clean the kitchen regularly to prevent this from happening. Knob covers can be purchased for the stove in the kitchen; these will stop children from turning them on and adults unintentionally knocking them on.
Fire Prevention and Preparation
Smoke detectors can be life savers and can detect a fire well before you do. Get a smoke alarm fitted on every floor of your home and test them regularly. Mains operated alarms can be much reliable than battery operated alarms. Mains operated alarms can last up to ten years – this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them regularly.
If all else fails make sure you have an escape plan for everyone in your home. Make sure everyone knows how to get out of both the upstairs and downstairs of the building. Don’t try and tackle a fire yourself, get out, stay out and call the fire brigade.
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